The Pennsylvania House has advanced two measures to assist in the relationship between the community and law enforcement. House Bill 1841 would require a thorough background investigation on an applicant for employment as a law enforcement officer. House Bill 1910 would require the training of officers on interacting with individuals of diverse racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds. Both bills received endorsements from the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, and passed the House by votes of 201-0. The legislation advances to the Senate for further consideration.
PennDOT announced yesterday expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards and learner’s permits will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Expiration dates scheduled to expire from March 16 through July 31 have been extended until July 31. These extensions are in addition to those announced on May 27. A camera card is considered a driver’s license, so it is covered by the same terms and conditions extending other driver’s license products. Customers may continue to complete various transactions and access multiple resources online at www.dmv.pa.gov.
Twelve more counties move to the green phase of reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic today (June 26th). Those counties include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Susquehanna. Some additional restrictions will remain for Philadelphia County until July 3rd. The only county not slated to move to green is Lebanon County.
The Lewistown Senior Center was awarded a $26,950 state grant through the State Department of Aging to help fund programs and services for area seniors, according to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34). Senator Corman said, “Senior community centers have long been a lifeline for older Pennsylvanians, providing activities, nutritious meals and other resources to help our seniors age in place. It’s vital we invest in this vital community resource.” He noted senior centers also provide educational opportunities, transportation services, financial and insurance counseling, exercise programs and more.
The American Red Cross bloodmobile will be in Perry County today. You can give the “Gift of Life” at Saville Brethren in Christ Church on Liberty Valley Road in Ickesburg today from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.